The external bezel on the Poseidon is one of the firmest I have ever encountered. One of my pet peeves are bezels that wobble or easily knock out of place. This bezel is going to stay in place and many times even if you knock it as hard as you can against something. The bezel has riders around the perimeter that make it extremely easy to grasp and with adequate pressure rotate as desired. The metal insert is the 60-second variety with a large triangular lume pip at the 12 o’clock position, which just reinforces the big bold design of the model.
The Poseidon is fitted with a K1 high-ceramic mineral crystal measuring 34mm in diameter, providing a large viewing area of the dial beneath. As many of my readers should be aware, I am a personal fan of sapphire crystals and I know many others also prefer a sapphire to mineral, however, all of us need to keep in mind that Reactor has a core value of building big bold watches that can take a beating. The impact resistance of a mineral crystal is going to make this Poseidon a bit more rugged and durable. The expense of replacement of a mineral crystal is also slightly lower.
Beneath the crystal is what initially grabbed my attention immediately. A gorgeous bright yellow dial. Truly my favorite aesthetic feature of this watch making it my favorite of all the Poseidon models. Before I comment on the dial, I want to briefly mention the internal bezel. The internal rotating bezel also has a lume pip at the 12 o’clock position making it a fully functional secondary dive bezel. I’m not a diver but can think of several other times a diver may want to maintain. Also, if by chance the external bezel is knocked out of place, which is highly unlikely, the internal is locked in place when the crown is screwed down providing a great back up.
The dial has lume markers applied at all hour positions with large Arabic numerals at the primary positions. The dial is extremely clean and uncluttered with branding and logo of appropriate font above and below center dial. The date on the Poseidon is extremely legible and perfect for those of us visually impaired providing both the day and date complications. The sword style handset is smothered in lume with a red second hand adding an element of flair as if it needed any more.
The case back is screwed down and just like the rest of the case has both brushed and high polished finishes. Various specifications are etched around the central portion of the case back as with most case backs. Beneath the case back ticks a reliable Miyota quartz movement. As anyone knows that have read my past reviews, I am a huge fan of automatic movements, especially Swiss automatics; however, an automatic yellow dial model has yet to be produced. The quartz movement will take a bit more of a beating over an automatic so truly an excellent choice of movements. Reactor does have automatic models of the Poseidon but none as striking as this variation so come on Reactor let’s see that yellow dial automatic with a Miyota 9015 automatic movement.
The bracelet is fantastic, providing support to the big and bold overall appearance of the model. The bracelet measures 26mm below the lugs tapering to 22mm at the clasp. The links themselves measure a substantial 4.5mm in overall thickness. The links are connected using friction pins, which is probably my greatest disappointment along with the taper in regards to the bracelet. The bracelet is connected to the case using screw in lug bars so why not have links connected to each other using single sided screws? Also, let’s see a bracelet with a 26mm to 24mm taper which will even provide an even greater bold appearance overall. Both upgrades would seriously enhance the Reactor “DNA”. I really love the PVD coated central links on the bracelet with coordinate perfectly with the yellow and black colors of the watch dial. The Poseidon is a dive watch so of course a diver’s flip lock clasp with safety and extension is supplied. The clasp is perfect except for the allotted micro adjustments. Any dive clasp of this design should at a minimum have 3-4 micro adjustments to aid in obtaining that perfect fit but this one only comes with two.
The lume on the Poseidon is outstanding just like any other model from Reactor. While the specifications on all Reactor models do not specifically note the exact compound, it seems similar, if not the same to C3 Superluminova, with additional application for greater longevity. All the dial markers and the handset contain the same significant amounts lume.
The Poseidon is extremely comfortable on the wrist for such a large watch, which I believe, is due to the case design. The lugs have a nice curvature to them allowing the watch to conform nicely to the wrist at least on my 7 3/4 inch wrist. Anyone with a wrist size less than 7 inches might not experience the same comfort level, as there will most certainly be some overhang at the lugs.
If you are looking for a big and bold dive watch then you may want to check out the various Poseidon models offered from Reactor. The model is a fully functional dive watch with a ton of great specifications such as case design, lug bars, firm external dive bezel, secondary internal dive bezel, dual screw down crown system, accurate Miyota quartz movement and truly awesome lume. Reactor sources their watch components from all around the globe with stainless steel from Japan. Ninety-nine percent of their watch movements are from Japan. Their watch dials are produced in Taiwan as they claim the vendor that they utilize is the only one capable of the level of Superluminova application required for their satisfaction. Assembly is completed in Southern China but final quality control checks occur in the United States. I appreciate the transparency from Reactor on how their watches are created and assembled which is important for any consumer establishing a level of comfort with a watch brand. Thanks for reading and I look forward to your comments. Please take a moment to view my brief video presentation on the Poseidon below and stay tuned for my next review coming up soon.
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